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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26328


Senator TROETH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources) (1:20 PM) —I would like to thank honourable senators for their contributions to the debate. The Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Prisoner Voting and Other Measures) Bill 2004 is a demonstration of the government's commitment to ensuring the integrity of the electoral system. When it passed the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Enrolment Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2004, it was the parliament's intention that people who commit offences against society sufficient to warrant a full-time prison term for an electoral cycle or longer should not have any entitlement to vote and elect the leaders of this society.

Debate (on motion by Senator Troeth) adjourned.

Ordered that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 1.21 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.